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CELTIC-NEXT autumn 2019: innovative 5G infrastructure and applications

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Funding details
Registration opens
14 Oct 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
11 Dec 2019, 12:00
11 Dec 2019, 12:00
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £400,000 and £2.5 million. UK applicants can claim up to £700,000 total grant per project (maximum 70% of costs, depending on company size).

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is to invest up to £2 million from the CELTIC programme, which is part of the EUREKA Network. This will be in collaborative R&D projects.

The aim of this competition is to encourage the development of 5G in an international collaborative environment by helping UK organisations take part in the CELTIC programme.

We are looking for proposals that develop:

  • innovative 5G infrastructure technologies that make use of artificial intelligence (AI) in network operation or multi-access edge computing (MEC)
  • applications and services that use 5G networks to offer new or improved user experiences
  • 5G features in satellite networks or 5G applications and services that use satellites

Applications and services must focus on one or more of these use cases: the Internet of Things (IoT), the tactile internet, mission critical applications, infotainment and/or immersive technologies.

Leading a project

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • be, or involve at least one UK based micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • involve at least one other organisation from a EUREKA country
  • have submitted a CELTIC proposal before applying to this competition

Project team

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • be invited to take part by the lead applicant

The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding and enter their costs in the application.

Your project can include partners that do not receive any of this competition’s funding, whether they are UK or non-UK organisations. Their costs will not count towards the total eligible project costs.

Multiple applications

Any one business can lead on 2 applications and collaborate in a further application.

If a business is not leading an application, they can collaborate in up to 3 applications.

Research organisations, public sector organisations and charities can be a collaborator in any number of applications.


Your project must focus on one or both of the following themes:

1) 5G infrastructure technologies

We are looking for projects related to artificial intelligence (AI) in network operation or multi-access edge computing (MEC).

AI projects can be about cognitive or zero touch operation, intent-based networking, automated service instantiation, agile provisioning or scaling, auto-resiliency, automated customer service or virtual digital assistants. MEC projects can deal with content distribution, location services, neutral hosting or edge analytics.

2) 5G use cases

We are looking for applications and services that make the best use of 5G networks to offer a new or improved user experience. This includes the development of 5G features in satellite networks or 5G applications and services integrating satellites. Your project must focus on one or more of the following use cases:

  • Internet of Things (IoT), which includes narrow to broadband cellular IoT such as NB-IoT or LTE-M and dealing with the massive deployment of connected objects or their deployment in rural areas or industrial settings.
  • Tactile internet, which is haptic feedback across a wide area network, for instance in industrial applications or the health sector.
  • Mission-critical applications that require a high level of reliability and resilience.
  • Infotainment (a mix between information and entertainment) mobile services such as the use of advanced media mobile streaming and broadcast services (for instance services dealing with 4K, 8K, 360 or 3D videos, or holographic and volumetric transmission).
  • Immersive content in industrial environments, for instance augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) or mixed reality (MR) applications for factories or warehouses, or field services.

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